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Q and A: MyCAA scholarship

The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship program, a component of the Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, is a career development and employment assistance program. My Career Advancement Account Scholarship helps military spouses, who have successfully completed high school, pursue licenses, credentials or associate degrees with a specific concentration or major (excludes General Studies, Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies). This allows military spouses to pursue an occupation or career with transferable and portable skills. As part of the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, all military spouses are offered counseling.

Q: How does a military spouse get started with SECO and My Career Advancement Account Scholarship?

A: Please call a Spouse Education and Career Opportunities certified career counselor at 800-342-9647 to get started.

Q: Who is eligible for My Career Advancement Account Scholarship?

Spouse eligibility requirements include:

• Service member on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2 and O-1 to O-2

• Service member in the National Guard or reserves in the pay grades listed above

• Completion of high school

• Approval of financial assistance document(s) before the active-duty service member’s date of separation or the active-duty service member’s release from Title 10 military orders.

What is the URL for the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship Spouse Portal (website) and what if there are access issues?

The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship official web address is https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa. Military spouses living overseas may experience issues accessing the site. For assistance, spouses may contact Military OneSource through the international dialing instructions located at http://www. militaryonesource.mil/footer?content_id=267781 or through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Q: What are the terms and conditions for spouses participating in My Career Advancement Account Scholarship?

A: To open a My Career Advancement Account and request up to $4,000 of financial assistance, military spouses must read and electronically sign the Spouse Terms and Conditions Agreement.

Q: Are spouses required to complete their courses, certification or license in a certain timeframe and are there any exceptions?

A: Yes. The duration of an associate degree course cannot exceed 12 months and a license or certificate program cannot exceed 18 months. No exceptions can be made to exceed either of these timeframes. Schools and organizations receiving scholarship funds are required to post grades and program completion status.

Q: What are My Career Advancement Account Scholarship requirements for spouses after they finish their coursework?

A:

• Inform Spouse Education and Career Opportunities certified Career Counselors when they receive their license, certificate, certification or associate degree.

• Seek a job in their chosen portable career field and occupation.

• Let My Career Advancement Account Scholarship and SECO know when they find employment using the Contact Us page on the My Career Advancement Account Spouse Portal (https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/My Career Advancement Account) — as required in the Spouse Terms and Conditions Agreement that spouses electronically sign when they open their My Career Advancement Account.

Q: What if a spouse has more than one source of funding to pay for a class?

A: Two sources of federal education benefits can be used to pay for the same course or program. My Career Advancement Account funds must be applied to the tuition costs only and spouses or students may NOT receive a refund of My Career Advancement Account monies.

Q: Are there any financial resources to help pay for books?

A: Spouses can find information on the following websites:

www.hpb.com/textbooks

www.freebookexpress.com

www.textbooksfree.org

www.cheapesttextbooks.com

www.booksprice.com

www.vitalsource.com/.

Q: How will My Career Advancement Account Scholarship eligibility be verified?

A: My Career Advancement Account Scholarship uses DS Logon for account creation and access. Social security numbers are not stored in the My Career Advancement Account website. A Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, or DEERS, eligibility check is initiated when the spouse opens a My Career Advancement Account and each time the spouse requests My Career Advancement Account Scholarship financial assistance.

Q: What is a My Career Advancement Account Scholarship Education and Training Plan?

A: Prior to requesting My Career Advancement Account Scholarship financial assistance, spouses must develop an Education and Training Plan detailing the courses or exams they are a planning to take to obtain their associate, certificate or credential. Education and Training Plan guidance and sample documents are found in the Resource.

Source: My Career Advancement Account and www.quanticosentryonline.com

Last modified on Monday, 27 February 2017 22:29

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  • Issue: 12
  • Volume: 1
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